Proponents say a $4 billion power plant proposed for western Kern County is a cutting edge development in clean energy production. Opponents say it will bring more pollution to Kern’s already dirty air and won’t produce as much electricity as developers say.
A proposed energy plant west of Bakersfield would create huge amounts of byproducts. The developer says they will be safely disposed. Some local residents are worried landfills may be overwhelmed, and some of the byproducts could be explosive.
Supporters say a proposed power plant west of Bakersfield will bring much needed jobs and tax money to Kern County. But opponents say it will bring hundreds of trucks and take millions of gallons of water.
There is a lot of disagreement when it comes to the proposed Hydrogen Energy California plant. But one thing everyone agrees on is that HECA would have a big impact on Kern County. So why hasn’t the county Board of Supervisors taken a stand?
According to the San Joaquin Valley Air District, Hydrogen Energy California (HECA) bought $16.1 million worth of Emission Reduction Credits or ERCs. But what are these ERCs?
According to the San Joaquin Valley Air District, HECA will release about 587 tons of criteria pollutants into the air a year. So how does this compare to emissions from other power plants?
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Buena Vista Water Storage District wants to pump salty water from western Kern County to allow fresh water to move in.
The Bittlestons are concerned about HECA's impact to the air, water, and their land and how it could impact their family.
The Lamboys are concerned about the HECA plant's emissions and how it could affect their crops and their family.
SES Energy says the HECA plant will be near Elk Hills oil field, an ideal place for it to sequester its carbon dioxide. It will also have easy access to the power grid.